The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1673  Monday, 25 August 2003

From:           Bob Grumman <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Friday, 22 Aug 2003 16:51:17 -0400
Subject: 14.1663 Re: Psalm 46
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1663 Re: Psalm 46

Bill Arnold says the Selah is in the middle of Psalm 20 as a Hebrew
musical notation--which makes it somehow not a word, or not a
text-word.  That's possible, I suppose, but Bill forgot to address the
rest of my argument which was that even if the Selah was not a
text-word, it LOOKED like one, and a responsible creator of a number
game would not have blurred his trick by leaving it in.  He would have
wanted his two words an exact 46 places into the text by ANY reading.
And he would have found a way to have this happen.

--Bob G.

>But the answer is quite complex, and all I can say is of all I have read
>about "Selah" and which makes the most sense is that it is a Hebrew
>musical notation.  As such, if true, it is not part of a text, but meant
>as an indicator to a reader for direction of what to DO at that point in
>the text in the same way stage directions are not part of the dialogue,
>and thus not spoken by the actors.  As a cryptologist, I concluded it
>was not part of the text of Psalm 46, but the coda, just as the prologue
>which is in earlier texts is not part of the text, and was omitted by
>the KJV translators.  Perhaps, they, even some of the Hebrew scholars at
>one of the colleges, Cambridge, Westminster and Oxford, should have
>noted this and did not and thus it appears as part of the text of Psalm
>46 of the KJV.  Take a look at the Bishops Bible and the Geneva Bible to
>see the difference from the KJV.

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